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Head Farmer/Gardener at Delphi Agrarian Arts Foundation - 5471

Job Title: 
Head Farmer/Gardener
Delphi Agrarian Arts Foundation
Los Gatos, Santa Cruz Mountains , CA 95033
Job Type: 
Job
Employment Type: 
Full-Time
Job Description: 

The Head Gardener/Farmer is responsible for the production and maintenance of all the food growing areas on the estate. S/he must ensure that there is a sufficient quantity of seed saved and stared at the appropriate time, and follow those seedlings through planting, cultivation and harvesting. S/he must maintain annual garden plans so that the correct quantity and diversity of vegetables are grown throughout the year and rotated properly.

Duties & Responsibilities: 

Growing food for the Delphi estate and its workers according to biodynamic principles and practices.
Manage and maintain all vegetable borders, fruit tree orchard, and vineyard, including bed preparation, composting, mulching, irrigating, pruning, cover cropping, and pest management.
Apply biodynamic preparations.
Save seeds from previous growing season, clean, and maintain inventory.
Start seeds and maintain seedlings in glasshouse/shadehouse.
Create annual garden plans with appropriate crop rotations.
Manage coworkers and interns as required.
Lead educational workshops/garden tours focused on biodynamic food production.

Education & Experience: 

A minimum of two years'experience working on a biodynamic farm or garden project with expertise in soil care, composting, applying the biodynamic preparations, and planting by the biodynamic calendar.
Experience with fruit tree care, planting, and pruning. Knowledge of training techniques such as espaliers and cordons a plus.
Previous management experience.
Excellent communication skills with the leadership capacity to direct, motivate, and inspire coworkers and interns.
Enthusiastic, trustworthy and disciplined with a capacity for hard work.

Application Instructions: 

Please send resume to susan@delphiagrarianarts.org

Job Categories: 
Farming/Agriculture